Man Who Took Back His Dowry After Divorce Seeks to Succeed Mzee Kibor

  • Photo collage of the dowry refunded and the late businessman Jackson Kibor
    Photo collage of the dowry refunded and the late businessman Jackson Kibor
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  • Wilberforce Saenyi Murunga, the man who made headlines after taking back his dowry from in-laws now wants to be the next chairman of the imaginary Men's conference.

    Speaking after successfully picking three cows and a goat from his former in-laws, Murunga noted that he sees himself as the only person capable of representing men in the country on marriage issues.

    Defending his decision to take the role, Murunga explained that most men are suffering silently and they definitely need someone who will take up the role in addressing their plight.

    The late Mzee Jackson Kibor, the de facto men’s conference chairman, evoked love and hate in equal measure, on how he handled his marriage life, earning the imaginary title.

    A cow loaded on a pickup after being picked in a dowry refund court battle
    A cow loaded on a pickup after being picked in a dowry refund court battle
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    "So I would be the best suitable person to become the next Kibor," Murunga stated.

    He added, "Since Kibor was from Uasin Gishu, the seat should rotate and come to Luhya land. We can have a deputy either from Coast or North-Eastern or the borders of our country."

    Murunga stated that his act of bravery has earned him respect even among his Luhya community noting that he is willing even to be the voice of women in society.

    "I might be among the first Luhya men to have come out to declare before the public and court of law that I am man enough to demand my dowry back," Murunga stated.

    The landmark ruling was delivered by the Kitale mediation court that ordered three cows, a she-goat, and Ksh20,000 to be given back to Murunga.

    He had paid Ksh50,000, three Ayrshire heifers, one cross Ayrshire bullock, one she-goat, one pair of gumboots, and a hat as bride price.

    But on Saturday, May 14, Murunga collected the refund. He however agreed to forfeit one cow and Ksh30,000 as a token of appreciation to the in-laws and his divorced wife.

    Murunga who is set to go to the United States this May filed for divorce on the grounds that his wife had left their matrimonial home. The marriage was dissolved on October 12, 2021, by a Kitale court.

    He accused the wife of deserting their matrimonial home on several occasions just after one year and six months of their union.

    The wife denied all the allegations but set the stage for divorce proceedings.

    Wilberforce Murunga, at a Kitale Court which referred his dowry refund demand case for mediation at the court
    Wilberforce Murunga, at a Kitale Court which referred his dowry refund demand case for mediation at the court
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